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My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encouraged the state's fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

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Students from the Automotive Services Assistant Program at Careerline Tech Center in Holland are gaining real-world work experience at Holland Rescue Mission Auto Center. In this first year of the collaboration, students have detailed ten donated cars and helped increase car sales and therefore donations to the Holland Rescue Mission.

“As a Work Readiness classroom our ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to be successful in any job, both now and in the future,” Rich Riolo, Automotive Services Assistant Program instructor for CTC, said. “Along with car detailing, this program also teaches students employability skills and aims to place students on a job site by the end of the year to gain valuable work experience.”

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

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Proposed Holland-Detroit rail line to get feasibility study


(WZZM) -- Transportation officials will study the feasibility of a rail service that connects Holland to Detroit.

We first told you about the proposal last spring. The service would connect Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit.

Ann Arbor transportation officials this week authorized a $100,000 study to deteremine economic and financial impacts of establishing such a service.

There has also been discussion about another cross-state rail service between Traverse City and Ann Arbor.


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Holland boxer, Johnny Garcia set to fight on ESPN


Holland, MI (WZZM) Everyone gets knocked down in life, but the test of your character is how you respond. A boxer from Holland has lived that roller coaster and now, he is set to fight on national television, this Friday.

Boxing is a sport of perseverance, will power, and determination, all wrapped into 3 minute rounds in the ring. Over the past year, Johnny Garcia's strength was tested both on and off the mat.

"It made me think do I want to keep doing this", said Garcia.

Last June, Garcia earned a promotional contract with Mike Tyson's agency, Iron Mike Productions. Premiering in his first fight with IMP, the 32-year-old lost in an 8 round majority decision.

"I lost, I went back home and got a phone call saying I was being released from Mike Tyson, you know that was really tough."

The setback had the 32-year-old questioning if he would continue with his boxing career.

My Town: Music awards piling up for West Ottawa family

My Town: Music awards piling up for West Ottawa family

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Lori Hahn takes a breath while listing the many band-related activities of her three children at West Ottawa High School.

Let’s see. All three – Josh, a senior trumpet player; Ben, a junior trombonist; and Aleah, a freshman who plays the French horn – are in marching band and symphony band. Josh and Ben are also in Pep Band, Jazz I and the Holland Symphony Youth Orchestra (HSYO), along with being in the pit orchestra for West Ottawa High School musicals. Aleah is also in the HSYO. The three of them will be performing a piece at the next HSYO concert.

Ben and Josh have been in the Western Michigan University All-Star Band, Ben for the last two years. Ben has also been All-State with the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) for the last two years after being honorable mention as a freshmen.

 All three also take private lessons and play in the church band.

“It’s insane,” mom says.

Holland biz doubling, adding 200+ jobs


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A lakeshore manufacturer specializing in ergonomic furniture is expanding and adding jobs.

OMT-Veyhl USA Corporation in Holland Township will be expanding its James Street facility with a 98,000 square foot, $8.8 million building. The expansion is expected to create 206 new jobs.

OMT-Veyhl received a $750,000 grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund. Holland Charter Township is also considering a property tax abatement.

The company says that they have seen tremendous growth in the western U.S. and they were choosing between Holland Township or their sister facility in California for the expansion. They currently employ about 200 people.